Striving for excellence..... Learning for life
We have spent time developing English across Sherrier school over the years and as staff we are always very keen to change and enhance our teaching to suit the needs of our children and the demands on research and curriculum developments.
In light of current research regarding language, here at Sherrier we are introducing explicit vocabulary teaching into our timetables and reading lessons so that our children foster a love for language and develop a 'word consciousness' approach to exploring language and applying it in their writing.
We are fostering an approach based on children learning not just the spelling pattern and rule, but the definition, the visual representations and the history of the word and its relation to other words in our English language. Children are developing word hoards in their classrooms so that they have an easily accessible bank of words. Please see below an example of a word hoard...
Year 5 example of a word hoard... click here!
Your child will also be receiving a 'Fridge Word' mat for homework each week. This is a list of vocabulary linked to these word hoards. All we ask you to do is share the words, put them into sentences with a link to everyday meaning and discuss the definitions and when and where you might use the words. Your children will love learning these 'big' words!
All information regarding vocabulary teaching and some of the ideas and word hoards we will be using and sharing can be found via the Verbivore teacher website...
At Sherrier we value the importance of English in our curriculum. We use our topics as a starting point to choose our texts/media to engage the children into reading and writing. We begin our topics with engaging them in activities that give them ideas and first hand knowledge to be able to put a pen to paper. Children need to feel inspired to write and write for a purpose. We do this through 'engage' days where we use visitors, trips, drama, videos, music etc to bring out children's creativity. This year we have also identified key texts to both inspire the children and ones that promote rich and challenging vocabulary. Here are the Autumn term 1 2019 book list for each year group...
Please click on the link below;
Grammar expectations for each year group:
Learning to Read:
At Sherrier CE Primary we value the importance of Reading both in school and at home. We learn to read using a wide range of reading schemes, including PM, Rigby Star, Rigby Cats, Storyworld, Ginn Readers, Rigby Phonics and many other beautiful non-scheme ficion and non-fiction books. Alongside banded reading material the children also learn to read through the Ruth Miskin, 'Read Write Inc' synthetic phonics scheme. All children learning to read are placed on our Book Band system; Pink to Lime bands.
Click on the link to view our Reading Information Booklet for Parents for information about Book Bands!
Reading to Learn:
Once the children have successfully learnt to read, they can begin to enjoy reading to learn through the use of NATEs 'Rooted in Reading Passports'. Children are challenged to read a wide range of genres and reading material both at home and in school with the fun of reviewing books and finding out new authors, new stories and facts they never once knew. The passports encourage the reading of a variety of text types and aim to expand the reader’s literary and non-literary experience. We also work closely with the local library, who help us to promote our 'Reading Passports', by continually offering new reading material on their 'Reading Passport' display boards in and around the library.
PLEASE ASK A TEACHER IF YOUR CHILD WOULD LIKE A READING PASSPORT WE STILL HAVE A FEW THAT CHILDREN CAN HAVE!
Click on the link to view the research project centred around the 'Rooted in Reading Passport' Scheme!
Sherrier use the 'Reading with DERIC' approach- DECODE, EXPLAIN, RETRIEVE,INTERPRET, CHOOSE- as a whole class shared reading experience, enjoying and learning about a text or stimulus together. We believe children need to be taught reading skills for life and to be able to comprehend a text by learning retrieval skills, interpreting information and give reasons and justifications to the choice of language and ideas authors use.
Click here to read more about DERIC reading approach.
Parent information about reading with DERIC click here for the link!
You can find out about how we learn to read in the Foundation Stage here too!
For help with reading books and/or when your teacher should or should not be signing reading records look here!
Want to know what books would be suitable for your child to read?
Take a look at this website: http://www.educatingtogether.co.uk/page/readinglist.
This will link to an external website providing a downloadable reading list for each age group.
The 'Book Trust' recently published a list of 100 books every child should read before they're 14. They are broken down into age groups so if you are ever wondering which book to borrow from the library or to purchase, then look here...100 Books to Read Before You're 14
Visit Lutterworth Library for a huge selection of books to read and enjoy at home! Remember to take part in the yearly Summer Reading Challenge!
Each week we ask that children read everyday and sign their Kluwell Reading challenge book and an adult to sign it if the child has read at least three times at home. Children will receive rewards at each 25 nights they have read. They will see how far they have come on their class charts which will show them their progress and rewards.
If your child goes to Phonics, they will bring home a daily phonics sheet to show you which sounds they are learning. They will also have a fortnightly 'Phonics Challenge' that should be completed in their homework book.
We also have 'Family Phonics' a session weekly every Friday at 9am for Foundation Stage parents to attend a phonics lesson with their child and learn all the new sounds and reading strategies to help at home!
Once your child completes the Phonics Programme, they will concentrate on the Ruth Miskin Spelling Programme 'Read, Write Inc Spelling' in Year 1. The children will learn spellings by learning rules, patterns and words that follow no rules at all!
A sample of our Spelling books used in Year 1.
As the children Year 2, they will then have the 'No Nonsense' spelling programme. This scheme provides the children with knowledge of spelling conventions- patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words and common exceptions and personal spellings.
Children will then bring home weekly spelling lists in their Boomerang Books that are closely related to the year group expectations set out in the English 2014 Curriculum . These spellings should then be practised in their homework book.
To find out more information about the English Curriculum and the Spelling expectations for each year group click here!
Once your child is in KS2, they will receive fortnightly homework that relates to punctuation or grammar rules. It will be completed in their homework book.
Here are a few powerpoint presentations explaining Grammar in more detail:
SEE ABOVE FOR YEAR GROUP EXPECTATIONS!
During author day, where we welcomed Catherine Barr to Sherrier, the children discovered the process (of writing) from idea to published book. The children – from all year groups – designed and created a piece of artwork or information text based on the endangered animals that Catherine documented in her non-fiction texts.
We had a fantastic time when the author Mini Grey visited Sherrier and officially opened our newly refurbished library in the Spring term 2016. She brought her book characters and showed us how she used mini books to plan and draft her ideas for her new books.
Visit her website at www.minigrey.com to find out about her new reading material and the adventures her characters like 'Traction Man' and 'Spacedog' go on...
We have recently celebrated Roald Dahls' 100th birthday on 13th September 2016. We watched a live performance of 'Matilda' and took part in many activities linked to the newly released film, the BFG! Watch this space and around school for photos and evidence of our work!
We discussed the concept of 'Dreams' in our P4C lessons by discussing the BIG question....
‘If our dreams can seem so real, how do I know I’m not dreaming right now?’
Could you answer this? Or have you got a thought about it?
Send us your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thought the well-known author ATINUKE was fantastic in March 2017! Her African folk tales made us laugh and inspired us to do some fantastic pieces of writing.
Click here for more information about her on her website!
Why not try and read one of her books ...
Author visit 2017-2018...
We had a visit from Tom McLaughlin here on 13th March 2018!!!
We are very proud at Sherrier of our all our children's writing. So much so that we publish every single piece of extended writing the children do and display it around the school for all to see.
The children are taught how to write through creative and engaging rich texts that inspire and promote a love for writing. We use a range of strategies, including Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' and Alan Peat's Sentence structures, that help to structure the writing process. All writing units have direct links to the children's current topics and provide many opportunities for cross-curricular writing.
See above for our English Long Term Writing Plans.
All class teachers model and share the writing process by using the 'Writings on the Wall' approach to share key strategies and processes of writing. Each classroom also has a W.I.L.F wall for non-negotiable expectations for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar that model for children what they should be including in their writing.
From January 2018 we will be using the 'Talk 4 Writing' approach creted by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong which is a writing strategy that utilises the skills of language imitation to build on children's oracy.
For some more information about 'Talk 4 Writing' click on the 'Talk4Writing' icon below...
You can find your child's year group non-negotiable Punctuation and Grammar expectations if you would like to work on them at home in this booklet.